Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Commitment Phobe

Afraid to commit to a full wall or room of wallpaper (or simply not into the look or the work applying it!)? Check out these great vintage wallpaper prints available as a canvas, print (framed or unframed) from V&A Prints. What can I say, the Brits really know wallpaper. Apparently, always have. In addition to beautiful vintage wallpaper, the site offers an online selection of more than 3000 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum, "one of the most renowned collections of art and design in the world." There are so many prints, I'm barely through a quarter of them and am already in love with so many. That's a posting for another day! Here are my favorite wallpaper prints....The print above, my fav, Chinese Wallpaper, features flowering shrubs and fruit bees, on a pale green background. China, 18th century.
English Wallpaper, from a book of wallpapers. Hare bell decoration. England, early 19th century.
Bird Pattern Wallpaper, by Luise Delefant (active 1950s).
Design for Printed Textiles, c.1918  watercolor and pencil on woven silk by C.F.A Voysey, architect of the Arts and Crafts movement and influential turn of the century designer. He established his architecture practice in 1882 but his exceptional talent for pattern making led him to concentrate his early career on designing for wallpapers, furnishings and fabrics. 

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